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Bahamian Woman Makes Regional History in Utilities Sector
By Felicity Ingraham
Apr 10, 2017 - 2:30:25 PM

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photo: Marisa Mason-Smith presents at the CARILEC conference in St. Maarten

Marisa Mason-Smith has made history in the world of utilities in the region.  She is the first Bahamian to be elected to the position of Chairperson of the CARILEC Human Resource Professionals Committee for the region.  She is also the first Bahamian to be appointed to the Board of Directors Training Committee.  

The Caribbean Electric Utility Services Corporation (CARILEC) is an association of electric services, dealers, manufactures and other stakeholders operating in the electricity industry in the Caribbean region, Central and South Americas and Globally.

Ms. Mason-Smith, upon receiving the honour, was invited to speak at its most recent conference held in St. Maarten this year, where she addressed utilities professionals from across the region on accountability and transparency in the workplace.

The CARILEC Secretariat endeavours to improve communication among its members, providing technical information, training, capacity building, conference and other services. The Secretariat plays a  leading role in  electric utility advocacy, growth and sustainability  in the Caribbean region, Central and South Americas.

Ms. Mason-Smith was featured for her accomplishments in CARILEC's latest newsletter, which is shared globally.  The newsletter expresses the Corporation's confidence in Ms. Mason-Smith as a Human Resource professional whose experience and expertise spans the United States, the United Kingdom, and throughout the Caribbean and The Bahamas.

She proudly represented Bahamas Power and Light Company, Ltd, sharing tips on making the workplace more effective by motivating staff and creating transparent modules that cause for each and every member of a utility corporation to be accountable in order for the organisation to run effectively.  

"She continues to strategically create, develop and implement human resource policies that have left positive, indelible marks on staff and employees," the newsletter said.

"Multi-talented, passionate, and committed to the development of people, she has been recognised both locally and internationally to the development of people.  She believes in maximising the potential of all people and always finds the time to encourage and support humanity with her time and treasures."

Ms. Mason-Smith has a challenging job ahead and Chairperson.  Currently, CARILEC comprises a total 106 members. This includes 35 Full Members that are electric utilities and 66 Associate Members that are companies involved in some aspect of servicing the electric utility business, and 5 Affiliate Members.

Her confirmation as Chairperson comes after spending two years as interim Chairperson.  Therefore, she has gotten her feet wet and is ready to take on the mantle of leading human resource professionals in the Caribbean.

A Chevening Scholar, Ms. Mason-Smith has won the prestigious National Boss of the Year award, is a three-term Chairwoman of the Women's National Advisory Council, and also serves on several Statutory boards and non-governmental organisations, including the Zonta Club.  

CARILEC was established in 1989 with nine members as part of an electric utilities modernization project funded by USAID and implemented by NRECA under a five-year "Co-operative Agreement."

It has mandated itself to be the Premier Association of Electric Utilities and Industry partners; facilitating the development of world class electric energy services for all peoples of the Caribbean.

CARILEC plans enhance the effectiveness of its members by providing industry related services, creating regular networking, training and knowledge sharing opportunities; supporting mutual assistance programs and being an advocate for the industry throughout the Caribbean.





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